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Sleaford Mods
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Divide and Exit (10th Anniversary Edition)
Label
Rough Trade
Catalogue Number
RT0484DA
Release Date
July 26, 2024
  • Vinyl 1×LP, Limited Coloured

    Pre-order $37.49

    Clear Red Vinyl + Flexi disc

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    RT0484LPE

    • Remastered limited edition
    • Alternative sleeve designed by Cold War Steve
    • Bonus flexi featuring the rarity “Git Some Balls”
    • New sleeve notes by Mods’ Jason Williamson & full 2014 interview from The Wire

    Estimated release date: July 26, 2024

  • Vinyl 1×LP

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    Black vinyl

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    RT0484LP

    • Remastered edition with original artwork

    Estimated release date: July 26, 2024

  • CD

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    RT0484CD

    • Remastered edition with original artwork

    Estimated release date: July 26, 2024

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Now celebrating its 10th Anniversary Divide and Exit was the second ‘proper’ album (or sixth if counting their early CD-R efforts) from Sleaford Mods, the duo of Andrew Fearn on electronics and Jason Williamson on vocals, hailing from Grantham in the Nottingham area. Their ethos was clear from the off: do away with the passive mind-numbing rigmarole of consumerist Britain and build something with a little more bite. Through vituperative lyricism on tracks like You’re Brave and Middle Men, the Mods blend the nanoscopic details of their discrepancies with “the metropolis of discontent” with a catastrophic - almost apocalyptic - sense of dread. The sermonising rattling against minimal production creating a sound that is still darkly comic and truly invigorating a decade down the line.

“Where our previous album Austerity Dogs barked a directionless yet solid form of anger, Divide and Exit then carried this basic form of class consciousness. After the release of Austerity Dogs we realised we had seemingly created a formula. Andrew just took the formula and ran with it and his music started to sound much more compact and urgent.” Listening to it now, Divide and Exit is perhaps the most punk record we have done. Each song falls out of the last like an extension or whatever. There wasn’t anyone in the country doing what we were doing at that point, it feels like it was 30 years ago, but it’s only been 10. Mad as fuck.” - Jason Williamson

Press Release

Allying strong words and minimal electronics, Sleaford Mods’ second ‘proper’ album (or sixth if you go back through the early CD-R efforts) the self-released Divide and Exit was not only Andrew Fearn and Jason Williamson’s most effective artistic expression to that point, it also truly captured the taste of a land souring by the day.

Fully remastered and set for a reissue through Rough Trade Records to mark the record’s tenth anniversary.

This reissue offers a chance to fully appreciate a band hitting their artistic stride while acknowledging and commiserating that many of the dark forces that inspired its creation linger on. Once again though it is possible bathe in the hopeful anger that underpins Sleaford Mods’ blasts of outrage and electro.

“Where our previous album Austerity Dogs barked a directionless yet solid form of anger, Divide and Exit then carried this basic form of class consciousness,” says Williamson of the vision behind the record, both musically and lyrically. “After the release of Austerity Dogs we realised we had seemingly created a formula,” he adds. “Andrew just took the formula and ran with it and his music started to sound much more compact and urgent.” “Listening to it now, Divide and Exit is perhaps the most punk record we have done,” says Williamson, reflecting on how Sleaford Mods felt out ahead, covering fresh ground alone at the time, before going on to inspire a raft of post-punk-infused artists to follow their lead in the album’s aftermath. “Each song falls out of the last like an extension or whatever. There wasn’t anyone in the country doing what we were doing at that point, it feels like it was 30 years ago, but it’s only been 10. Mad as fuck"

Digital Tracklist

  1. 1 Air Conditioning (2024 Remaster) 2:26
  2. 2 Tied Up in Nottz (2024 Remaster) 2:41
  3. 3 A Little Ditty (2024 Remaster) 2:33
  4. 4 You're Brave (2024 Remaster) 2:46
  5. 5 Strike Force (2024 Remaster) 2:50
  6. 6 The Corgi (2024 Remaster) 2:36
  7. 7 From Rags to Richards (2024 Remaster) 3:27
  8. 8 Liveable Shit (2024 Remaster) 3:20
  9. 9 Under the Plastic and N.T.C. (2024 Remaster) 3:18
  10. 10 Tiswas (2024 Remaster) 3:12
  11. 11 Keep Out of It (2024 Remaster) 3:00
  12. 12 Smithy (2024 Remaster) 2:22
  13. 13 Middle Men (2024 Remaster) 2:32
  14. 14 Tweet Tweet Tweet (2024 Remaster) 3:03

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